I met a woman on Tuesday who’d been uprooted by South Sudan’s conflict twice in a week. She’d left her home village to flee fighting, and after three days of walking she thought she reached a place of safety.
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In her speech, Cousin, who just returned from Central African Republic and saw first-hand the impact of conflict on the lives of women and children, focussed on the plight of women on whom disasters and crises inflict a disproportionate amount of suffering.
“’We will not forget you.’ That’s what I promised the women and children I met during my visit to CAR in the last few days. So I am fulfilling this promise by being a voice at DIHAD for them and the many others in forgotten crises around the world today,” said Cousin.
“While we need the international community urgently to step up and address the disaster in CAR, international support is also required for the regional refugee crisis. We must ensure that those who survived the killings in CAR won’t fall victim to malnutrition and disease in exile,” said Cousin in Cameroon today, after a visit to
People often laugh when I say I like to meet smiling, chubby babies when I’m out looking at World Food Programme operations in the field. But it’s true. A happy, healthy baby is the most obvious sign that we’re getting things right.
Today, Cousin will meet the President of Mexico at the Presidential Residence of Los Pinos. During the day Cousin will also meet representatives of the Mexican private sector to foster innovative partnerships with companies that can align their expertise and strategic objectives with WFP’s mandate to fight world hunger, while meeting their Corporate Social Responsibility and business objectives.